The mission of the Unrepresented Death Row Prisoner Project (UDRPP), in cooperation with Death Penalty Focus (DPF), is to provide necessities to indigent prisoners on California’s death row who do not have attorneys appointed to represent them. Although the state of California provides attorneys to all people sentenced to death, every newly convicted capital defendant will wait for 3 to 5 years before they are able to obtain representation. The reason for this is because death-sentenced prisoners outnumber appellate attorneys who are both willing and able to represent a capital defendant.
UDRPP strives to assist prisoners during that time and to help them with some of the difficulties of prison life, which is hard for all prisoners but can be extreme for those newly arrived to death row. As the well-known, internationally respected criminal defense lawyer, Jim Brosnahan, once wrote: “There is a small place of honor reserved in the soul of the legal profession, indeed in Western civilization, for those who speak for the despised.”
Any donation, no matter the size, will have a huge impact on our small but vitally important project. If you prefer to make your donation by check instead of credit card, please make it payable to DPF (*Importantly*, with UDRPP on the memo line) and mail it to DPF, 5 Third Street, Suite 725 San Francisco, CA 94103.
The Unrepresented Death Row Prisoner Project is extremely grateful for your support.
The UDRPP Team